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Richard Field

1561-1616. Anglican divine. Graduate of Oxford, Field continued to lecture and study there until 1592. Soon after, he became rector of Burghclere in Hampshire. He was appointed a royal chaplain, and he took part in the Hampton Court Conference* (1603). Six years later he was made dean of Gloucester, where his occasional preaching attracted great crowds. He preferred, however, to reside at Burghclere or at Windsor, of which he was a prebendary. Field's chief work, Of the Church (1606), was intended as an apology for the Church of England against Rome and was hailed as one of the best works of polemical divinity, unsurpassed even by his friend Richard Hooker.* Field drew a parallel between the Roman Catholic Church of his day and fourth-century Donatism.* He argued also that the continental Protestant bodies were part of the church of Christ.